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Gottlieb warns of "very dangerous season" ahead as virus cases rise
"You're taking to prevent the spread of Corona virus should help during flu season and Margo Moreno reports wearing masks, social distancing and washing your hands will go a long way to keep the flu from spreading to, But with Kobe 19 straining hospitals. Oh, you chief covert officer, Dr Dale Brad Slur says it's more important than ever for Oklahomans to get their flu shot. Each year employee increases the number of deaths in our state, and it also increases hospitalizations, so anything we can do to reduce the number of influence of cases we have in our state is going to be very, very important. Doctor Brad Slur says The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone over six months of age flu cases usually start to increase in October.
Dr. Anthony Fauci: US 'not in good place' as country averages 40,000 cases per day
"Concerned about Cova 19 cases rising as the weather gets colder. Here's a BCS Sherry Preston. We're not in in a a good good place. place. That's That's what what Dr Dr Anthony Anthony Fauci Fauci says says about about Corona Corona virus virus numbers numbers in in the the United United States States right right now now is is the the time time actually actually to to double double down down a a bit, bit, And And I I don't don't mean mean close close when when I I say say that. that. People get concerned that we're talking about shutting down. We're not talking about shutting anything down. We're talking but common sense type of public health measures that we've been talking about all along. He says he has a real concern in Florida, where Governor Rhonda Santis lifted nearly all pandemic restrictions over the weekend. Carrie Preston, ABC. NEW time. 9
New York City Bolsters Social-Distancing Enforcement to Fight Coronavirus Clusters
"And state officials make up numbers showing an alarming rise in covert cases and portions of Brooklyn and Queens? Get some people doubt the latest reports about Corona virus, Whether they believe them or not, the city is taking action. The Health Department will require social distancing flexi glass barriers and the wearing of masks at private schools in the affected areas. And it could get worse. We're will not essential businesses and a number of private schools be shut down and areas in Queens and Brooklyn that continue to spike. Bob says, Well, you may have to. They manage to crack down again and close summit in non essential businesses, which is going to hurt the people. But Gotta do something to get it under control, according to the Health Department and alarming increase in places like Graves and Ryan this morning, an 86 street also Midwood Borough Park. Bensonhurst, Sheepshead Bay flatlands. In Queens, Far Rockaway and Kew Gardens, although if you ask, Frankie says he doesn't believe any of it. People don't seem to be getting sick. I don't. I think a lot of it is political lives hype. And I don't think my neighbor's a word. But there is another trend that is not good hospitalizations for the six day in a row statewide, continue to slowly take up. Two hospitals in Brooklyn, one in Queens reporting increases. One
Labor Day celebrations responsible for uptick in COVID-19 cases in Washington State, Seattle area
"Labor Day celebrations are behind the state's recent uptick in covert 19 cases. Kyle Radios Miley Katie has the latest earlier this month. We were seeing some daily case counts in the two hundreds. In the last week, an average of more than 500. New cases were Reported each day with one day topping nearly 1000 on Sunday, 439 new cases were confirmed in Pierce County Health officials say they believe a local uptick is the result of Labor Day get together,
Savannah residents nurture young trees in vacant lots
"Savannah Georgia is famous for its trees graceful live oaks griped with Spanish moss shade many of its historic streets. The city's trees are not only beautiful. They provide shade cool local neighborhoods and help absorb stormwater. But many are disappearing. We're losing trees through development and two major storm events. That's advantage sustainability director Nick. Definitely he says that to help restore Savannah's tree canopy, the city is planting new trees it recruited and unemployed residents to help transform three vacant lots nurseries where young trees can until they're ready to plant where needed. So we now have these urban tree nurseries in low-lying underserved communities, and they are being built up and beautified and designed on grown by folks from that community deathly says these local paid apprentices receive training job placement, and an opportunity to become certified landscaping professionals. We're focused on giving people skills to learn how to increase their economic mobility and get better jobs and take pride in the community that they live in all while helping create a skilled workforce that can maintain Savannah's beautiful trees for many years to come.
The CDC Doesn't Know Enough About Coronavirus In Tribal Nations
"In August more than five months into the pandemic Jordan. Bennett. was about to see some data she'd waiting for for a long time. Yeah. No a truly I was really excited because there hasn't been any data on American Indians or Alaska natives since the start of the pandemic from the CDC that's right. Until last month while universities had released a good bit of data about Covid and its effect on some. Native, American and Alaskan natives. The CDC really hadn't Jordan would know she's a reporter and editor with the Public Media News organization Indian country today she's also a citizen of the Navajo nation and she's been covering the pandemic since the beginning as well as a twenty twenty census and all of Indian, country no big deal just all of Indian country Yeah. The whole. That data that she'd been waiting to? was released by the government as part of a weekly CDC report in mid August the title of the top red. COVID nineteen among American Indian and Alaska Native Persons in twenty three states and when i read it, it was Kinda already something that I knew and a lot of native public health experts already knew and what I was really looking for is you know what is new that they gave to us the report said because of existing inequities, native Americans and Alaskan natives are three point five times more likely to get the corona virus than white people but anyone who'd been looking at tribal nations as closely as Jordan had could have told you that they were. Being hit especially hard for example, at one point earlier this year, the Navajo nation, which spans parts of Arizona New Mexico and Utah The nation's now reporting nearly four thousand in nineteen cases in a population of one hundred, seventy, five thousand had an infection rate greater the New York State. Eight PM curfews on weekdays and on weekends a fifty seven hour lockdown, not even the gas stations are open. That was just one tribal nation that got a lot of attention. Many others had infection rates that were also higher than the hard hit states in the northeast like the Colorado River Indian tribes in Arizona and California the Yakima in Washington state or the White Mountain Apache tribe in Arizona. And data from the states where many of those reservations are located weren't included in the CDC report, which gets it a larger problem. If there's data had you know where the impact is, how do you know where you could send testing to where there's a lack testing? You have to have that data in order to create policies into also figured out how to distribute vaccines. This episode was the CDC does and doesn't know about Covid in native American and Alaskan. Native tribal nations and how Jordan is working to get more data to the people who need it most I mattie Safai and you're listening to shortwave from NPR. This report from the CDC which linked to in our episode notes does say two important things. The fact that native Americans and Alaskan natives are more likely to get the virus. That's one. The second thing is that compared to white people young folks in those communities people under eighteen tested positive at higher rates. When it comes to these findings, the CDC did make one thing clear. Here's one of the researchers on the study, Sarah Hatcher it really important that the. This disproportionate impact. Likely driven by versus stinks social and economic inequity not because of some biological or genetic. Persisting social and economic inequities we're talking about access to healthy food housing income levels, stuff like that. Here's Jordan again the and other just like public health infrastructure or in like the lack of investment in the public health infrastructures in native communities and you have over credit households, anders a number of inequities that this pandemic is bringing out. More on that in a bit. But first Jordan says that the CDC report is notable for what it does not include this report did leave out tons of cases right now it only looked at twenty three states and it didn't include Arizona. Is One of the hot spots in Indian country. And they account for at least a third of all the cove nineteen cases according to the report. They also left out states like Oklahoma Washington. California Colorado thousands and thousands of cases. And researchers from the CDC were up front about leaving all that data out. Here's Sara Hatcher. Again, our announcement is really not generalize beyond those twenty three state overall. And we're not really able to speculate whether we expect the overall rate to be higher or lower we. The reason some states got left out was because the they recorded about race and ethnicity including that for native, American, and Alaskan Native Cova Cases was incomplete and that was really at least surprising to me because. I like how can you not capture this data right here you have Arizona where you know again, the Salt River Pima, Maricopa Indian community Healer River, ending community, White Mountain Apache their cases are thousands You had the tone, nation and Navajo Nation and the possibly Yawkey tribe. There's just thousands of cases in this one St. So many gaps like in this data as well. I think just points to how the CDC doesn't really know tribal communities and know that Indian health system and how it's built instead up. So, let's talk about that. Now. It's much more complicated than this. But basically, when tribal nation signed treaties giving up their land, the federal government promised to provide them with healthcare and set up the Indian Health Service, a government funded network of hospitals and clinics. To deliver adequate healthcare to tribal nations but that's not what's happening right now and what the pandemic is very much highlighting. For years the IHS has been way underfunded per person the federal government spends about half the amount of money on the IHS. Medicaid. And that's part of the reason a lot of tribes over time have step to establish their own privately run tribal health clinics. So throw history. They all IHS. But then tribes wanted to you know take hold and own and operate their own healthcare. So that's how these tribal health clinics came about. At this point, the large majority of healthcare facilities are operated by tribes about eighty percent in those facilities are encouraged but not required to share data that they collect on the virus but Jordan says, that's something a lot of them do not want to do not with the federal government or even with reporters like her even now as a Navajo WOM-. In as a Navajo reporter, it's also difficult for me to try to get the data. Because then I understand that like I grew up around my background is in health and so I I know you know it's because of settler colonialism but also research to a lot of times and medical research you have researchers going in parachuting in parachuting out and they don't give back that data it at least from everything that I've seen the past several months trust is like the main factor in this That's one thing trust. There's also the reality that doctors can get race or ethnicity wrong in California where it's pretty prevalent from what sources tell me some doctors will just check a box on native people because of their surname, their surnames, more likely to be coming from like a Hispanic or line next or origin like Dominguez or Garcia or you know today's assumed there Um Latin x but they're not, and if those people wind up dying that seem incorrect data can wind up on their death certificate right? You don't know what's going on or the pact of the pandemic if you don't have that data if you don't know what the person died from. How are you going to prevent it and prevent more from dying from it? These factors lack of trust underfunded public health infrastructure, racial classification all add up to a picture of the pandemic that isn't complete. For example, there's an alarming lack of covid hospitalizations data for native American or Alaskan native folks stuff like if somebody was admitted to the hospital, the ICU or even died compared to white people, CDC only has about a third of that information for Alaskan natives and native Americans and I think that's just again it just goes back to how well you know the state health department or even like the CDC or the public health experts they're not these tribal communities
New rule may strip pollution protections from popular lakes
"Say a little notice provision in the Trump administration rule could lead the pollution of some man made lakes. Provisioned classifies reservoirs created to provide cooling waters for power plants is parts of waste treatment systems, which are not covered under the Clean Water Act. It was part of a significant rewrite of the law that took effect earlier this year. Environmentalists challenging the rewriting court say the provisions strips protections from some large reservoirs that are popular fishing spots such as sudden Lake in Wilmington, North Carolina. Utility industry says that critics were exaggerating the effect of the new rule in that state laws still protect the lakes.
Coronavirus Live Updates: World Approaches One Million Deaths
"In the Supreme Court battle brewing, I'm Ben Thomas with an AP News Minute Nearly one million people have now lost their lives to covert 19 worldwide as of Sunday evening. Johns Hopkins University puts the count at more than 995,000 people nearly 205,000 in the US the world's highest total by far. Get doctors are getting a better understanding of how to treat the disease. While more deaths are expected this fall because of the recent surge in infections, there are signs that death rates are declining in that people who get the virus are now faring better than those in the early months of the pandemic. Meanwhile, on the
Prince Charles warns virus may devastate students' futures
"The cove at 19 crisis Has Prince Charles out with a warning. The Prince of Wales says up to a million young people in Britain may need urgent help to protect their futures from the ravages of the pandemic, and he calls current times uniquely challenging across Britain. Corona virus cases are accelerating and politicians or even debating whether to peep British university students. From returning home for Christmas.
Brain-eating microbe: US city warned over water supply
"Parts of Texas are beginning to ease up following fears of the supply was tainted. Only Lake Jackson, Texas in the Houston area remains under a warning that city is home to the water treatment plant for Brazos Sport Water Authority. Lake City manager says earlier this month, a six year old boy died after contracting the microbe of further investigation led to the finding of a brain eating amoeba in the water. Fox is Rob Dawson. America is listening to Fox News.
Under 10 Percent of Americans Have Covid-19 Antibodies, Study Finds
"A new study suggests many Americans have yet to be exposed to the Corona virus. The report published online in the medical journal, The Lancet, says less than 10% of US adults and had any bodies for the virus. Through the end of July, It was based on a study of more than 28,000 dialysis patients. It also found black and Hispanic patients and those living in lower income neighborhoods were more likely to have the antibodies.
Public health crises collide: Substance abuse linked to COVID-19 susceptibility
"Meanwhile, experts say there is a second public health crisis intertwined with this pandemic. And that's the substance abuse crisis. Opioids, tobacco and cocaine increased the risk of death from covert 19 this from a new study published in molecular psychiatry funded by the National Institutes of Health Drugs like heroin, Oxy, codeine and fentanyl, slow down the breathing rate. And substance abuse, combined with the covert 19 infection could be deadly because the virus makes it harder to properly taken oxygen
Substance use disorders linked to COVID-19 susceptibility
"Substance abuse increases the risk of contracting the virus, CBS's Mira Reuben, according to a National Institutes of health funded study. If you abuse opioids, you're 10 times. It's more likely to get Cove it and with tobacco, you are eight times more likely, the study's author said. Tobacco damages the lungs and opioids depress the respiratory system, making you more vulnerable. 1/4
COVID-19 Daily Cases On The Rise In Nearly Half Of U.S. States
"The United States. Numbers continue to grow in states that were otherwise spared in the spring across the Heartland and parts of the West Corona virus cases are spiking. Wisconsin is one of the states where cases are rising fastest. Averaging more than 2000 new cases a day hospitalizations an all time high. The increases that we saw across the rest of the nation are now making it to us here in central Wisconsin in Missouri, a state with rising cases in no mask mandate, the governor and his wife have tested positive.
States begin to lift coronavirus restrictions, many concerned for health risk
"To more than seven million Americans being infected the death toll over 204,000 now far more than any other country. Here's correspondent Daniel Bacchus, New York City continues to open with caution, making outdoor dining permanent. I feel like it's really nice to get back to normal and like I also think it's really good for the restaurant, but others are taking a controversial approach. Florida's governor is lifting our restrictions on bars, restaurants and other businesses were prepared. If we see an increase, we're not closing. Anything going forward, we're gonna be able to host the Super Bowl in February. Here in California. Health officials say there could be an 89% increase in Corona virus related hospitalizations over the next month. people tested positive for Koven 19 in a single day, marking the first time since June. 5th that has happened
Covid pandemic could last for another 2 years says World Health Organisation chief in grim prediction
"Ah, grim prediction from the World Health Organization as the global Corona virus. Death toll approaches one million the World Health Organization saying that could double to two million by the time a working vaccine is distributed. It's not impossible, W. H O director Mike Ryan says. Covert claimed a million lives in nine months. Just look at the realities of giving vaccine out there in the next nine months. It's a big times for everyone involved, but W H O covert 19 chief doctor Maria Van Kirk of saying stemming those numbers is still possible. We have tools in place to be able to reduce transmission and to save lives, urging people not to abandon commonsense
Blood donations to help patients fighting COVID-19 thanks to antibody tests
"The Red Cross began secondary testing of all donations that come back positive for covert 19 antibodies. To confirm test results for donors. And this means that the Koven 19 antibody positive plasma from whole blood and platelet donations may now be used to help Corona virus patients, so donate blood and possibly help a patient battling Cove it Brooke Allen W W. J. NewsRadio 9 50
Thousands in London protest lockdowns and social distancing rules
"Thousands have gathered at London's traffic are square to protest lockdowns and social distancing rules imposed to block the spread of covert 19 London's Metropolitan Police warned demonstrators Saturday to follow social distancing rules imposed to slow the spread of the new virus. Uniformed officers stood at a distance and watched people in the crowd, few of whom war masks, police said officers will first engage with people and explained the social distancing rules. But they take enforcement action if protesters still failed to comply.
Brain-eating amoeba may be in Houston-area tap water
"A brain eating amoeba is found in the water supply of the brasses sport Water Authority. Nine communities being told not to consume any tap water. Let's run through these nine. Lake Jackson, Freeport Angleton, Brazoria Richwood Oyster Creek Clue. Rosenberg Dow Chemical TDCJ Clemens and TDCJ Wayne Scott. Residents advise. Don't DRINK Don't Wash. Don't SHOWER Don't use tap water for anything except Flushing a toilet until further notice.
Experts project autumn surge in coronavirus cases
"Has posted new numbers that we're learning why there's such a big spike. Almost 1000 new cases have been added to the tally since the last report. That pushes the total to more than 85,000 since the outbreak began, health officials say that number includes almost 500 cases in Clark County. Those cases were previously reported, but hadn't been entered in the state system. The number of deaths increased by 20, raising the total to 2100 in Washington. New projections show. A growing number of Corona virus cases through the fallen into the winter will bring intensive care units to capacity by December Institute for help Metrics and Evaluations. Projections have a wide range of uncertainty. And Dr Ellie moved, odd says they don't account for surges before December, nor I see you beds taken by flu or pneumonia. My dad says we're lucky in our region because we have a lot of hospitals in the state. Now there's this proportion of places in the state out of I C u then and as a part of the states with the same numbers and misleading because we have places that are often places a lot much worse. Conditions dot says he's confident will do what needs to be done to keep the overwhelming hospitals to keep from overwhelming hospitals, which he says Have become better at minimizing the number of patients that need to be admitted.
Brain-eating amoeba may be in Houston-area tap water
"Sport Water Authority is warning consumers to not consume the tap water. They have discovered a brain eating amoeba in the water supply, and they're requiring residents to not drink the water. Don't use it, Brush your teeth or bathe until further notice. They say residents can safely used the water to flush toilets, but that's it. Emergency meetings are being held this morning. They hope to get that fixed soon.
California braces for power shutoffs and weather that could fan wildfire flames
"Are bracing for hot, dry and windy weather that may fan the flames of several major wildfires or ignite new ones. The Pacific Gas and electric utility was tracking the forecast. To determine if it would be necessary to shut off power to areas where gusts could damage the company's equipment or create more fires. The shutoffs could potentially affect 97,000 customers in 16 counties, starting this evening through Monday. And mushrooms linked to
Cal State Long Beach campus announces quarantine
"More than 300 students at Cal State Long Beach under quarantine after five students tested positive, it was brought to our attention that face masks and social distancing and being outdoors, and all the other protocols that are in place for all of us were not necessarily being followed. Cook is, the spokesman forecast A long beach hotels can X. The five students were at a social gathering that caused somebody to be concerned, and that's when we reached Go to the students began our work to really understand the scope of of all those who might be impacted by the school shut down all in person classes for two weeks and is telling students if they are at home this weekend, stay at home for two weeks and self quarantine if the hard campus or must come back to the dorms. If they are on campus or return to campus, they would quarantine here and we will be offering to them covert testing. Online classes will continue, and at this time they don't believe in any of the five kids who tested positive had any in person classes in all 328 students are affected directly as they're staying in residence halls.
Substance abuse linked to COVID-19 susceptibility: Study
"The pandemic, There's been been an an increase increase in in substance substance abuse. abuse. It's It's also also had had significant significant impact impact on on mental mental health health and and is is impacting impacting communities communities across across America. America. ABC ABC News News producer producer Jenny Jenny Goldstein Goldstein has has more more on on some some of the steps being taken and is part of the ABC News turning point. Siri's were focusing on how addiction affects communities of color. He was Jenny. September is National Recovery Month an entire month dedicated to educating Americans about substance use disorders, mental health treatment and services. I am a woman in long term recovery from alcoholic drug addiction. Paddy McCarthy is the CEO of the organization faces and voices of recovery. I have overcome challenges with my own alcohol and turkeys and now then in recovery for over 30 years this year marks the 31st anniversary of National recovery Month. This year's theme joined the voices for recovery celebrating connections. Recovery is a journey. We want a path to a better future. Martine Hackett is an associate professor in the master of public Health and community health programs at Hofstra University. She says, the first step to recovery is acknowledgements. You really cannot attempt to solve that problem or to even begin your recovery until you acknowledge that jacket says racial disparities exist in the process of recovery. This is in part due to the barriers that hinder minorities in particular from getting the help. They need some of these barriers that minorities face when it comes to identifying help. Have to do with the even their perceived need for treatment, Recognising that they might not want to have help from official means and might be more comfortable seeking help from family or from religious institutions. Another obstacle, health insurance coverage or access to behavioral health services. Trauma and racial stress can make minorities more susceptible to miss using drugs or alcohol as a coping mechanism. Some of this has to do with concepts around trauma. And the the experiences of trauma clearly in an early age people who are exposed to stressors there's research that talks about the stressors of racism. And how those stressors can cause behaviors that you know people reach to to be able to deal with those stressors. Hackett says. Native Americans are the most affected by these disparities. They have a higher rate of addiction, but they also have a lower rate of recovery and being able to seek recovery. As for national recovery month McCarthy says Connecting in 2020 will be a little different than previous years. You know that we can't do it alone. So that's why the theme of celebrating connections is so important, especially right now. During Koven 19 when connecting with people has become a whole new challenge when we're not able to visit people in person or tender, usual gatherings to support recovery. McCarthy also says the language and terminology we used when referring to those in recovery is an important step. No longer use words like addict. We no longer use the word drug abuser. We have to remember that these are family friends, sums of daughters we have shifted. Two person first language such as a person with the substances disorder, Hackett says the stigma can make it more difficult for those struggling to seek help. This is especially true for minorities, the idea of stigma that there are certain Ways of different cultures view addiction and that people might not feel comfortable being able to even admit that they have a problem. Faces and voices of recovery has a website where resource is accessible both during Andy on National Recovery Month National recovery Month that order so visit the website you can find out where the events are happening and stay up to date as the month of September comes to an end the fight for recovery and dismantling research All barriers continues. Ending the stigma and making resource is available to all is a step in the right direction.
Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine enters Phase 3 trial in U.S.
"And Johnson announces data from the Phase one and phase two stages of its covert 19 vaccine. Clinical trials. CBS NEWS Medical contributor. Dr David Vega says the drug resulted and good immune response. NCIS. So now the company says it will do a late stage study of up to 60,000 people. Is that good? I mean responses and safety profile in the phase one trial, the first component of slightly more than 1000 adults, and now the nexus to see what happens with the face. Three. Does it actually Protect. Does this mean response? Protect you from being sick or symptomatic from Cove in 19. Johnson and Johnson's vaccine is one rather than two shots, as are some of the other vaccines currently being studied and further investigated.